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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Judge Richard Leon
D.C. District Court Judge
CNNW 12/16/2013
Cooper: A court ruling that deals a body blow to the NSA mass surveillance program. Once a top secret program until Edward Snowden revealed it. A program that can collect phone records on each and every call that Americas make. D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruling the program likely violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. He writes “I can not imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.” Judge Leon, a George W Bush appointee called the program “almost Orwellian” and says that founding father James Madison would be aghast at the scope of it. All the same, he did hold off shutting the program down giving the government six months to make a case for continuing it. The Justice Department had little reaction beyond saying they are studying the opinion and believe the program is in fact constitutional.
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